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#1 480sparky

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 04:02 PM

And so it begins.  

Having mulled it over, I decided to convert a spare bedroom into a dry darkroom. My goal is to have a 'permanent' darkroom set up, but one that can easily be dismantled should the need for the space require it be a bedroom again. So after a bit of planning, measuring and scheming, the project was commenced.  I started last night cleaning some of the stuff out, and this morning took the bed apart.

My biggest issue is a window on a south-facing wall, making it light-tight and all.  But I didn't want a permanent cover.  So I stopped by the local fabric store and picked up some black felt, and a couple 2x2s at Home Depot.  I cut the 2x2's to fit snugly in the window opening, holding the black felt up... basically it's all friction-fit.  As expected, it doesn't stop all the light,

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but I have some old paneling laying around that I will screw to the 2x2s to complete the light trap.  The felt is more to seal around the perimeter of the makeshift frame.

Once this is done, I will simply lean the bed up against that part of the wall & window.  Then I will start building some simple 2x4/plywood work areas, one to hold the enlarger and another for the various trays.  The enlarger will be on the left side of the image, and the trays between it and the corner.


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Posted 10 March 2015 - 06:48 PM

Looks like an excellent plan sparky.


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Posted 10 March 2015 - 07:11 PM

Window successfully darkened.

Carcass for workspace built.

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Gonna cut the plywood before it gets too dark, then call it good for the night.


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Posted 10 March 2015 - 07:57 PM

Plywood tops installed, and most of the gear has been hauled in.

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 08:13 PM

Very cool Sparky!

 

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 09:32 PM

Wow! Thats serious dedication, mine has all gone years ago

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 03:50 PM

Everything is pretty much done.  I just need to tidy up the cords and I'm ready to get going.I built a little cabinet to hold the small stuff, and added a couple shelves.  I found a new/old stock light, so I got some zip cord and a pull chain for it.

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I also found an old radio/CD player.  It may or may not work, but if it does I can at least enjoy some oldies while souping things up.


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 04:00 PM

Looks good.


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 06:41 PM

Excellent job, I guess the wiring was easy!  <_<

Just B&W?

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 08:35 PM

Just b&w.  For now. I will be shooting 6x7 color, and having it developed only locally, then scan the negs in for digital work. 

 

But the enlarger will accept filters for color work, as well as it can be modified with a dichro head should I find one at the right price.  If I do, I might get a wild hair and spring for some color paper & chemicals and do some color printing until the paper/chemicals give out.


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 08:51 PM

Wow glad to see the art of the dark room is alive and well.


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 10:49 PM


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Posted 19 March 2015 - 12:08 AM

Lots of memories come to me when I see this. I had to promise my wife I would not put another one of these in my home. I used an old Spirotone stabilizing processor in my last darkroom days. There was a five gallon bucket on the floor at the end of the line. I put Orbit bath in the water. Then took it to kitchen sink to finish the wash. This looks real good Sparky. Do you have good ventilation in there?


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Posted 19 March 2015 - 12:15 PM

Wow, I have  friend who wants one built. Great work!


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Posted 19 March 2015 - 05:26 PM

Great work!! It's nice when you have an idea and can build it yourself....


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